KATHMANDU: Three major political parties—the UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress (NC), the CPN-UML –along with the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF)—have intensified discussions within themselves today also, as an endeavor to resolve prickly issues of federalism and forms of governance.
Political actors have been convened at the Special Committee’s Secretariat office in Naya Baneshwor this morning to seek consensus amid the state reconstructing complexities.
Big wigs are mulling over the proposed federal models floated by Maoists, NC and the CPN-UML, sources confirmed.
They are also thinking over the future work plan with the end of the deadline granted by Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the Legislature-Parliament to the political parties for resolving the contentious issues afflicting the statute-drafting process.
Though only 29 days are left to meet the May 27 deadline, big guns are still at variance on what model to be adopted while federating the country.
The ruling UCPN-Maoist has proposed to carve out 10 federal units on the basis of ethnic identity while NC has opposed the Maoist’s proposal by popping up with seven provinces on the basis of economic capability, identity and interdependence of provinces.
Nevertheless, CPN-UML’s proposal to federate the country into 10 to 12 federal states has been partially agreed by the NC and the UDMF.
Today’s meeting between the four forces is also anticipated to finalise the rights and powers of the President and Prime Minster yet to be enshrined in the new constitution, which awaits its promulgation by May 27.